The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra’s 25th anniversary celebrations continue with an all Mozart programme which includes his triumphant ‘Jupiter’ symphony, a favourite for flute and harp and a rarely heard overture.
“In our 25th anniversary year, it felt appropriate for us to play this iconic work by one of my musical heroes,” says Paul Dyer AO, Artistic Director of the Brandenburg. “The last symphony Mozart wrote is monumental and powerful. Mozart didn’t give it the title ‘Jupiter’ but it is entirely appropriate for such an epic and powerful piece of music to be named after the all-powerful Roman god Jupiter.”
“I’ve teamed it with something totally exquisite – the flute and harp concerto – and something fabulous and rare – the overture to the little known opera Lucio Silla.”
The concert, which Dyer will direct from the fortepiano will feature soloists harpist Marshall McGuire and flautist Melissa Farrow. Marshall McGuire has been associated with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra for over 20 years and is acclaimed as one of the world’s leading harpists in baroque and contemporary repertoire. He has commissioned and premiered over 100 new works for the instrument. He is a three-time ARIA Award nominee and is also Music Programmer at one of Australia’s most prestigious venues, the Arts Centre Melbourne.
He’ll be playing a new but very rare single-action harp, which is modeled on a French instrument from 1791. “This type of harp was popular amongst the nobility of Paris and would have been found in the best mansions and hôtels particuliers at the time Mozart wrote this concerto in 1778,” says Marshall.
“The harp was a favourite of Marie-Antoinette and consequently found much favour with the nobility. This harp is much more lightly strung than modern harps and has a more delicate and subtle range of colours, perfectly suited to this concerto.”
Melissa Farrow is well-known and much-loved by Brandenburg audiences. She has been Principal Flute for over ten years and performs regularly as a soloist on flutes of the baroque and classical periods.
An All Mozart Programme:
Overture to Lucia Silla
Concerto for Flute and Harp K299
Symphony No 41 in C Major Jupiter K551
Tickets range from $68 to $160 (Concessions/Under 30 available)
Booking fees apply.
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